Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism
Utah women today might be surprised to learn their grandmothers' views on feminist issues, according to Maxine Hanks. LDS Relief Society co-founder Sarah Kimball referred to herself as "a woman's rights woman, " while Bathsheba Smith was called on Relief Society mission in 1870 to preach equal rights for women.
The society editorialized that females belonged not only "in the nursery" but also "in the library, the laboratory, the observatory." Sisters sent east to study medicine were assured that "when men see that women can exist without them, it will perhaps take a little of the conceit out of some of them." Temple officiators were called "priestesses, " Eliza R. Snow the "prophetess, " and women were discouraged from confessing to bishops on grounds that personal matters "should be referred to the Relief Society president and her counselors." Women were set apart as healers "with power to rebuke diseases."
In addition, Mormon theology spoke reassuringly of a Mother God of the divinity of Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Eve. No wonder Relief Society president Emmeline B. Wells could write with confidence: "Let woman speak for herself; she has the right of freedom of speech. Women are too slow in moving forward, afraid of criticism, of being called unwomanly, of being thought masculine."
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This book reflects a trend among religious women in America and shows that
Mormon feminism again coincides with a larger feminist wave. Female clergy
emerged in the 1950s, 1970s, and 1980s in Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian
, and ...
Contemporary Mormon feminism (what I call the fourth wave) began in the 1 980s
and seems broader and more stable than previous Mormon feminist waves. It
includes the full spectrum of seven American feminist approaches.
Thus second wave Mormon feminists (along with Mormon doctrine and theology)
continue to struggle within nineteenth-century male discourses. Discourse is not
easy to alter. This helps explain why twentieth- century Mormon feminists repeat
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